Bernard, 29, joined the Bengals in 2013 and had been a staple of the organization. But after some huge free-agency spending, the team needed roughly $4 million in wiggle room the release creates.
In late March, a report broke that teams were calling the Bengals about a Bernard trade. A release here means the offers just weren’t good enough — and teams in need of a player at a devalued position were probably more than happy to wait on the Bengals to just up and make the obvious cut.
As far as other cut candidates go, the Bengals could also end up looking to make a move with tight end C.J. Uzomah.